G Data AntiVirus
If you're looking to protect your computer online and offline, then you may want to take a look at G Data Antivirus software. It covers phishing scams, adware, viruses, malware, rootkits, and more. G Data even goes as far as scanning emails and viruses, and outbound emails to make sure you're not passing on anything infectious.
G Data anti-virus software has been put through many tests for scanning and efficiency. Labs show that, although not the fastest software on the market, G Data runs at an adequate speed and has a 99% detection rate. Plus, it has two scanning engines to cover all parts of your computer system, and doesn't even slow it down. However, not all computers can handle this so beware. Speaking of which, setup is pretty easy when installing G Data antivirus.
No one wants to deal with all the commotion of antivirus software, and you don't have to. Set up is simple and quick, for anyone that's an avid learner of computers or those of us who just install it and forget about it. That's a great feature because you can just leave it running in the background without any intervention, and G Data Anti-virus software will take care of the rest from scans to updates.
Once installed, you G Data offers a slew of security features like the previously mentioned phishing, adware, malware and virus protection. However, it also offers the ability to permanently block dangerous websites and website categories like adult content or certain social media platforms. G Data's software also comes bundled with firewall which monitors network traffic and blocks hazardous attempts to access your network. G Data also offers anti-theft protection on certain mobile devices, however, you will have to check with the device's manufacturer to ensure that your device is supported.
G Data Antivirus has a few scan choices, which make it customizable to specific problem areas. The program can be set to perform an overall computer scan, to scan removable media, to perform a rootkit specific scan, or to perform a quick scan of memory and startup programs. However, the caveat with these scans is that they often slow down your system significantly unless the user opts to pause the scan. Moreover, there are no options specific to gamers.
When running a full scan, G Data can often take as long as 80 minutes to complete initial scans depending on the state of your system. Though it should be noted that the average scan takes about 48 minutes, which is still almost twice as long as the 28 minutes most other products require. G Data's scans take a bit longer because it scans each file on your device each time you run a scan whereas many other products will automatically skip files which are known to be safe. However, as previously noted, G Data does do a good job of detecting dangerous items so it could be worth the waiting time. Follow-up scans, however, can be completed in a matter of minutes or even seconds.
There are a few options available when you begin a scan as well. You can set the software to either quarantine or clean malicious software prior to the scan and let the program work quietly in the background. Or you can choose which programs you quarantine or clean. And you won't have to deal with several pop ups throughout the scan because G Data won't alert you until the full scan is completed.
In tests, G Data has exceled in its ability to protect against new malware, its ability to detect known malware less than 90 days old and in its ability to detect malware that is older and widespread. G Data receives top marks in each of these areas and detects a bit more than 93 percent of malware.
However, there are some weak aspects to G Data's capabilities. G Data runs behavior based scans which ideally should adjust to the user and his or her installed programs. But G Data is prone to flagging legitimate programs as malicious and constantly sends alerts regarding these known safe programs.
In addition, G Data's anti-phishing protection leaves much to be desired. That isn't to say that G Data's anti-phishing protection is bad but it does rank below many of its main competitors such as Norton. But its anti-theft protection does offer some nice features. Particularly because it allows you to instantly clear a device which has been lost or stolen of all information. This is particularly valuable to business people who constantly travel for work and carry devices containing sensitive or private data.
Prices and Rates
At just $29.95 per year, G Data may be the ideal option for you if you're a bit strapped for cash. While it doesn't offer protection equal to some of the industry's bigger players, it does offer a more competitive price. And if you want protection on multiple devices, you can purchase three licenses for just $39.95, which is easily the best value you'll ever find.
Unfortunately, G Data doesn't offer the most thorough support either. While there is a 24-hour customer service number and an online form, there is no live chat feature that most of its competitors offer. And when using the online form, it can take a day or more before a user receives a response.
Verdict - Average
There were some problems with G Data, but they don't hurt too much. After looking at some other reviews and reading what customers thought, we figured this antivirus software needs a place on our top 5 review. Especially when considering the cost. You won't find a product that offers more protection at relatively low prices. Sure, there is superior protection software available but they will often come at about twice the cost. G Data's anti-phishing protection is worrying, though, it still offers protection just slightly below that of its main competitors. If relatively slow scans don't bother you and cost is important to you, you can't go wrong by purchasing G Data.